At the request of Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, one of the five Commissioners of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will visit the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant on Monday, May 13. The facility went offline due the presence of a water tank leak last Sunday.
NRC Commissioner Kristine L. Svinicki will be accompanied by Upton and plant officials during the visit. Upton has called for the facility to remain offline until the problem is permanently fixed and resolved.
Upon learning of the leak, Upton, who serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, has been in close contact with both the NRC and Entergy Corporation, the New Orleans-based company that owns and operates the Covert Township facility.
The NRC is the independent federal agency charged with overseeing nuclear reactor safety and security.